Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Workdesk Wednesday 94.

I have a lot of projects on the go at the moment but can't show as they are either swap items or commissions so are under wraps until they have been sent out or received.
I'm a bit miffed that monkey called my work in progress last week a pile of rubbish!

What can I show you on my desk this week? This may just look like a roll of plastic bags with one cut into strips but thanks to my late FIL I have found out about the art of "Plarning".
(To plarn with plastic instead of to knit with yarn is an easy explanation.)
I don't think my FIL ever threw a plastic bag away, either new or used consequently we have inherited hundreds of them. Even allowing for the piles that have been taken over to the local tip we still have rolls of unused bags to last a life time. What to do with them then. I have found on You Tube various tutorials showing you how to knit using strips of plastic bags so I thought I would have a go myself. Well its certainly different. Knits up very strong and quite stretchy too.
One thing you can make it into is bags so I will let you know how I get on.

Now last week someone left a comment asking how monkey manages to read books bigger than himself? Well I think you will find he is a very enterprising monkey!!!!

Have a great Wednesday and if you'd like to have a snoop around other desks then head on over to Julia's blog here.


Annie said...

I must have a go at that knitting of plastic bags....looks like fun to me.
If you haven't already then please pop over to our blog shop and get your name down in the BIG celebration draw.

Good luck
A x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Mrs A - such a joy to see monkey and your plarning!! As I promised on your blog last week monkey has a friend to see today on my please tell your very clever monkey to pop over to my blog below:

and to say hullo to my monkey who I call Méchant - cos that is what he is... naughty..but he getting very impatient and want monkey over there asap!! he's jumping up and down with frustration.. sort of anyway.. TFS and Happy WOYWW!
love Shaz in Oz.xx

Unknown said...

Lol..... haven't seen the knitting with plastic for ages.... love the money reading too! JO (51) xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hugs and monkey nuts from Méchant back to monkey too... thanks heaps for popping over and making his day!!XO

HeARTworks said...

I once did crocheting with plastic bag yarn, and now my sister is doing some macrame! Looking good! Patsy from

Karen said...

Gosh I can remember knitting with those plastic bags when I did my C&G's, it was great fun!!
Have a great WOYWW,
Karen #11

Berry said...

OMG what a fab idea with the plastic bags! Loving your PG tips monkey too trying to further his education! Enjoying the mooch hugs Rebekah xx 57

Lionelsa said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Happy WOYWW! # 77

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely brilliant recycling! especially if you take the bags to the shop with you every week, so you don't bring home more plastic bags! That's a very clever and enterprising young monkey you have there, you might have to watch out for him!

Brenda 84

Twiglet said...

Cheky monkeys all over the blogs today - must be the sunshine bringing them out!! Love the plarn idea. Still sorting out all my wool and yarn!!

Victoria said...

omg knitting plastic bags how cool
happy woyww
vicky - angeldrummer number 41

Zue said...

Like the knitting. Video tape is much easier...have you tried that yet?
Sue xx

Sherry said...

I've never seen that before - a knitted plastic bag, it looks good so far.

Poor little Monkey, he'll be needing reading glasses next!

Sarah said...

Just shared with Shaz in Oz that I have the big monkey...from 12 years ago... he was a freebie with a tv digital box. You put the remote in his mouth! I don't of course.

Great knitting too. Not sweater stuff though...

Thanks for sharing your space, have creative fun,

Sarah (Sasa at 12)

Hettie said...

I once used silver carrier bags as bubbles in a fishey rag rug that I made for my bathroom once. That is another way for you!!

jude said...

Well knitting with plastic thats new to me!Cant image wearing a jumper made of
Have great day
hugs judex

karen said...

What a fab idea to use the old plastic bags to knit bags! That is clever recycling! You could make carry bags and they would probably last quite a long time! Clever you!
xoxo Karen

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Hi there Mrs A, I have also seen a couple of tutorials re that over on you tube. I also fancy giving it a go. I will have to pop back and see the finished piece, would love to hear how you got on!
Rebecca x (32)

Morti said...

ROFL............. Plarning looks interesting!

The Crafty Elf said...

OMG that monkey cracks me up. Love your imagination and thanks for sharing it with us. Who'da thunk. Knitting with plastic but it makes perfect sense.

okienurse said...

Mrs. A I think I would drop Monkey on his head a time or two for questioning your judgment over the bags. He is so funny! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #162

Spyder said...

ohoo I have a purse made this way, I'll have to find it and post it on some time. Monkey looks week, I'm really jealous as my daughter has a tiny Monkey stuck to her cupboard and won't let me have him!! Happy very late woyww (Lyn)

Faye said...

You have enough bags to keep you knitting for a while, me thinks! xxx

jackie said...

You are busy. My late neighbout was actually on TV, Southern News, with an item about knitting using recycled plastic bags. The keys came from my mothers flat which we are clearing, and its nice to have found a use for them. No plans as yet for more workshops, but they may happen. Best wishes.

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

Mrs A.
vim agradecer o doce recado!
grata pelo carinho incentivador!
tenha um bom fim de semana!

Do What You Love said...

Hi Mrs. A., I hope that Doc is doing a bit better and tests for your father are not drastic. You really amaze me - knitting with plastic? WOW! I can barely knit so I won't even begin to try and be inspired - prefer to watch you make magic! :-) You're such a wonderful crafter bringing all of this interesting and fantastic excitement to our fun lives! Love it!

SDCrafts said...

We really do learn something new each week! Thanks for that one. I recall knitting a ribbon yarn way back when it wasn't fashionable to use particularly different materials.

Been poorly so short & sweet this week
Shirl #38 again!

Ali said...

Hi Mrs A thanks for visiting - glad you are well although poss. slightly stressed - hope your dad is ok ((hugs)) please dont worry about the brooch xx hope the knitting is going well xx

Hettie said...

Hello Again!
My fishey rag rug was a very brave project which I drew straight onto the hessian - no pattern and no clue! What's new!! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments. Bride loved the invites - shed a tear too!!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure who's crazier: you for posting about your monkey or me for absolutely adoring him and your posts!

Thank you for sharing and making me smile.
cheers, rachel